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Greens Farms Boys Basketball Off To Strong Start

Greens Farms Academy's Pat Ryan, right, battles for a rebound during a game earlier this season.
Greens Farms Academy's Pat Ryan, right, battles for a rebound during a game earlier this season. Photo Credit: Contributed by Natalie Gagnon

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Greens Farms Academy boys basketball team hit its holiday break with a 4-1 record, three wins over league opponents and optimism that even bigger things are ahead when the Dragons return in January.

“I couldn’t be happier,’’ coach Doug Scott said. “Short of having a couple of injuries and running on a short roster, it has been going pretty well. We ran out of gas last weekend, but that was expected.”

Greens Farms lost to Beaver Country Day, 71-49, in the finals of the Beaver Creek Day School Holiday tournament Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass. That loss snapped a four-game win streak for Greens Farms.

Beaver Country Day has four players headed to Division I basketball, Scott said. The Dragons had an early lead before fatigue set in. They were within 10 points in the second half before the Mariners pulled away at the foul line. Greens Farms had just six  players available for the game due to injury. Sean Obi scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Hunter Eggers added 13 points, and Pat Ryan had 10.

“We have three kids with broken noses, and one is coming back and another should be back next week,’’ Scott said. “We’re expecting the other one back in the middle of January."

Eggers scored 26 points in a 76-32 win over Dexter, Mass. In the first round. Matt Tate (15), Obi (13) and Zach Baines (10) also reached double figures. Baines had 12 rebounds, and Obi had 11. Highlights of the game are online .

Eggers, a senior, has had a terrific start and is averaging 19.8 points while shooting 63 percent from the field. Obi, who announced last month he will attend Rice University in Texas, is averaging 16 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. Patrick Ryan is averaging 13.2 per game while Tate (8.8 points per game) is averaging a team-high 4.8 assists. Tate also has a team-high 15 steals.

“We’re running a lot more this year,’’ Scott said. “With a short roster, you wonder how tired you’ll get. Last year, I put the brakes on because I didn’t want to get in foul trouble. This year we’re pushing it a little more. When you’re averaging seven seconds a possession instead of 21 seconds, you have to play three times as much as defense, but it’s working out.”

Greens Farms plays a club team from Sacred Heart University on Jan. 2 and meets Chase Collegiate in a nonleague game Jan. 7. The Dragons meet King of Stamford in a Fairchester Athletic Association game Jan. 10.

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